Traffic accident leads to drug bust

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A car accident in North Corbin ended in a whole lot of trouble for two Bell County men.

Police say 22-year-old Jason Collins ran into another vehicle while intoxicated causing a traffic accident at a carwash in North Corbin.

Collins then led police to an even bigger arrest.

The drug bust happened just down the road in Wal-Mart's parking lot.

Assorted prescription pills and marijuana were confiscated from 36-year-old Scott Browning's home in Bell County.

"150 assorted pills. Hydrocodone, methadone, and xanax," said Laurel County Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo.

Laurel County Sheriff Deputies and the London Office of D.E.A. say the drug bust all started with Collins.

"They roll in because they noticed I was a little intoxicated up here, so they get me for a DUI," said Collins, who was charged with a DUI.

The situation started at this carwash in Corbin where Collins was involved in a traffic accident.

Police officials determined Collins was driving under the influence and then found pills in his vehicle.

"It says use caution on the bottle. It says use caution while driving, and I use caution. I don't just do this or that. But I hit that car, and that made it bad," said Collins.

Collins says he was not doing anything illegal because the pills were prescribed.

"I don't use much. I'm trying to ween myself, so I don't use any. I'm trying to quit because it's bad," said Collins.

As information developed, officials say Collins cooperated with police to arrange a transaction with Browning.

However, Collins says he did not assist police and called Browning to met him because he was having car trouble.

"The cops arrested me and took me to jail and then he come in a few minutes later, and my hood is still popped and they arrest him," said Collins.

Police officials say they estimated that Browning has illegally supplied 50,000 pills in the past 18 months.

"They busted both of us, and we were both trying to quit. But in turn we both go to jail," said Collins.

Police say they expect to file more charges as the investigation continues.

Browning is still lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Collins was in court today where he pleaded not guilty.

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